from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The keeve forming a part of the so-called dollying- or dolling-ma-chine, used in Cornwall in the process of tossing and packing tin-stuff. See toss and dolly.
- n. A tub in which a dolly is used. See dolly, 4.
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It happened to be _washing-day_: the washerwoman gave him a pailful of scalding soapsuds to throw on it; but whether he was most afraid of me or of the snake is still a question: however, the washerwoman brought it home with the tongs, and dropped it into the dolly-tub.
The great surgeon of something opened the ball with the matron of Bartimaeus's, and she went round on his arm like a dolly in a dolly-tub; but he soon saw what a marvellous and miraculous being Glory was, and after I had waltzed so beautifully with the ancient personage I had the hearts of all the young men flying round at the hem of my white petticoat -- it was a nice new one for the occasion.
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